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Pope hopes dialogue can prevail in Ukraine

Pope calls for dialogue in Ukraine to resolve its crisis

Pope Francis delivers his message during the Angelus prayer from his studio window overlooking St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Sunday, March 2, 201...
Pope Francis blesses faithful during the Angelus prayer from his studio window overlooking St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Sunday, March 2, 2014. P...
Pope Francis blesses faithful during the Angelus prayer from his studio window overlooking St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Sunday, March 2, 2014. P...
Pope Francis is partially seen through a statue as he delivers his message during the Angelus prayer from his studio window overlooking St. Peter's Sq...

Vatican Pope Ukraine

Pope Francis delivers his message during the Angelus prayer from his studio window overlooking St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Sunday, March 2, 201...

Vatican Pope Ukraine

Pope Francis blesses faithful during the Angelus prayer from his studio window overlooking St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Sunday, March 2, 2014. P...

Vatican Pope Ukraine

Pope Francis blesses faithful during the Angelus prayer from his studio window overlooking St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Sunday, March 2, 2014. P...

Vatican Pope Ukraine

Pope Francis is partially seen through a statue as he delivers his message during the Angelus prayer from his studio window overlooking St. Peter's Sq...

VATICAN CITY (AP) -- Pope Francis is urging world leaders to promote dialogue as a way of resolving the crisis in Ukraine.

Speaking to thousands of people in St. Peter's Square during his traditional Sunday midday appearance, he said: "I am making a heartfelt appeal to the international community: support every initiative for dialogue and harmony."

Francis urged all segments of Ukrainian society to work together to overcome their misunderstandings and build a future together.

Russian forces have effectively seized control of Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula after months of anti-government protests drove its pro-Moscow president out of the country.


Updated : 2021-10-20 14:59 GMT+08:00